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November 2017

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Isakari joins GFBNEC as fall intern

IsakariGo For Broke National Education Center is excited to have Emily Isakari on board as our 2017 Fall Intern!

Emily is a senior at UCLA where she is majoring in Asian American Studies. She will be at GFBNEC through December and she has already contributed to the Evening of Aloha, exhibit development and various research projects.

How did you get involved with Go For Broke?
I heard about Go For Broke while participating this past summer in the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) program. For this internship, I was placed at Keiro Senior Healthcare but had the opportunity to visit Go For Broke for the first time during a NCI site visit. I was really impressed by the beautiful, informative exhibits on the 100th/ 442nd/ MIS experience.

Towards the end of the NCI program, I heard through Andrew Stranahan (GFB summer intern) that there was an opening for a fall intern. I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to use my knowledge of the Japanese American experience to educate the public about our community's rich history. Needless to say, I am super excited to be at Go For Broke!

What is your favorite thing about being an intern at Go For Broke?
I relish the opportunity that I have been given to create my own exhibit on a Medal of Honor 100th Battalion veteran and an MIS veteran. I have enjoyed researching their amazing experiences as Nisei soldiers in both the European and the Pacific theatres. I hope to complete this exhibit by December. Please be on the lookout for it!

What do you like to do when you're not at Go For Broke?
I am working on an archival research project focused on the 1970s Asian American movement. For this project, I am examining old pictures that were found in unmarked boxes at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. I am fortunate to be working under the supervision of Professor Valerie Matsumoto and Mary Uyematsu Kao to gain a broader perspective of the Asian American movement and learn how to perform archival work.

In my free time, I enjoy listening to Japanese pop music and playing badminton.

What are your future plans?
I hope to find a job where I can leverage my Japanese language skills for the benefit of the Nikkei community. After gaining a couple of years of work experience in the community, I then hope to attend graduate school and study either law or public health.


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